Can Kim Jong Un control the weather? North Korea’s state-run media says so.

In rare free moments, when Kim Jong Un isn’t calling President Trump a dotard, launching ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan or engaging in general dictatoring, he apparently goes on leisurely mountain hikes and flexes his never-before-reported superpower: controlling the weather. The case for the North Korean leader’s cameo role in a new X-Men movie

An American inmate sawed his way out of a hellish Indonesian prison

People who’ve survived Bali’s Kerobokan prison have used many terms to describe it: overcrowded, understaffed, drug-filled, brutally violent. One term they never use: escape-proof. An American arrested on a drug charge this summer and sent to Kerobokan escaped from the prison on Monday, the latest person to abscond from the notorious facility. Prison officials say

Scenes from the protests in reaction to Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

On several days this week, protesters in cities across the Middle East took to the streets to reject President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In some cases, those protests resulted in violent clashes with security forces and arrests. Trump made the speech in which he vowed to move the U.S. Embassy

The plea of a Syrian activist: Don’t forget us

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. Between 2012 and 2013, Mansour Omari spent a hellish year in a number of underground Syrian prisons. The activist and journalist was blindfolded and crammed

Where would a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem actually go?

President Trump announced Wednesday that the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision has numerous important symbolic implications for the Middle East peace process. But in a city where land rights are often controversial, moving

For Trump, Jerusalem is an extension of a global culture war

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. The uproar in the wake of President Trump's speech on Jerusalem was as widespread as it was predictable. During a brief speech in the White

China province near North Korea warns about the dangers of nuclear war

BEIJING — A provincial state newspaper on China’s border with North Korea spooked a few people Wednesday by dedicating an entire page to advice for local residents on how they might survive a nuclear war. The advisory, by the official Jilin Daily, was picked up by many online news services and circulated widely on Chinese social

Here’s what to look for when Trump speaks on Jerusalem

President Trump is expected to make a major announcement about Jerusalem on Wednesday, potentially upending years of U.S. foreign policy with a move likely to please the Israeli government but deeply anger Arab states and others sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. The Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian governments have said that Trump informed them that he intended

The book that could change South Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Book launches in South Africa tend to run along predictable lines, beginning with free wine and ending with a question from an audience member that is really more of a comment. They do not usually begin with the head of a publishing house reciting Yeats’s apocalyptic “The Second Coming” to

Ukrainian protesters free former Georgian leader Saakashvili after detention by authorities

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was freed by his supporters on Tuesday only hours after authorities detained him. Masked Ukrainian officers took Saakashvili into custody in his apartment building in the capital Kiev earlier on Tuesday, as protesters outside the building rallied in his support. Saakashvili at one point even climbed on the apartment building’s rooftop to address supporters. The

The death of Yemen’s strongman sets the stage for even more chaos

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Senior U.N. official to visit North Korea this week

Jeffrey Feltman, a senior official at the United Nations and a former U.S. diplomat, will visit North Korea for four days, the United Nations announced Monday. Starting Tuesday, Feltman will meet a number of North Korean officials, including foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, as well as foreign diplomats and U.N. staff, spokeswoman Eri Kaneko said. The trip was arranged after